MRI is a common, non-invasive way for your doctor to examine your organs, tissues, and skeletal system. It produces high-resolution images of the inside of the body that help diagnose a variety of problems. MRIs use a magnetic field and computer-generated radio waves to create detailed images of the organs and tissues in your body.
Most MRI machines are large, tube-shaped magnets. When you lie inside an MRI machine, the magnetic field temporarily realigns water molecules in your body. Radio waves cause these aligned atoms to produce faint signals, which are used to create cross-sectional MRI images — like slices in a loaf of bread.
A doctor specially trained to interpret MRIs (radiologist) will analyze the images from your scan and report the findings to your doctor. Your doctor will discuss important findings and next steps with you.
The above information is for general education purposes only. Please ask your doctor specific questions during your visit.